Martin Luther King reminded us how interdependent we are when he wrote: “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” This web of mutuality King refers to extends even further. As all sentient beings, we're connected. As all living things, we’re connected. As part of the universe or something greater, we're connected. This connection is easily forgotten as we go about our daily lives.
As you go about your daily activities, consider how you are part of this wider web. When you eat, consider who and what was required to bring this food to your table. When you get dressed in the morning, consider where the resources for the fabric, the buttons, the zipper came from. Who made these garments? What is their life like? As you walk or ride through your neighborhood, notice the landscape, the roads, the buildings. Notice and honor how we are all interconnected and how contribute or detract from each other’s lives. How can you be more mindful and more supportive of this infinite web and all who contribute to it?
Tell us, how do you practice mutuality?
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Willa Cather on being present
When we are fixed on an endpoint, it’s easy to lose sight of the “scenery” we pass along the road of our lives. When do you find yourself losing sight of the present? How do you bring yourself back to this moment?